CO2 Laser Resurfacing

CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment by ZEN Dermatology in Sacramento, CA
The Cynosure Affirm CO2 laser is a device designed to address deep wrinkles, photoaging, severe scar damage, and other hard-to-treat skin conditions. The technology integrates a carbon dioxide laser with Micro Ablative scanning technology to target the epidermal and dermal layer to treat dyschromia, deep wrinkles, and significant photoaging. Although ablative, it does not burn the entire skin surface and instead works in micro-channels, leaving micro areas of untreated skin between them, which allows for less peeling, less downtime, and speeds up healing.

Benefits include:
  • Reduction in wrinkles, folds, and fine lines
  • Reduction in discoloration caused by UV exposure
  • Reduction or removal of actinic keratoses
  • Improvement in overall skin texture
  • Significant reduction in scarring
  • Reduction of enlarged
  • Skin tightening caused by collagen stimulation

Schedule your consultation with Zen Dermatology in Sacramento, CA, to see if CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatments are right for you! At Zen Dermatology, our mission is to help people feel their best with the most effective treatments available. Let’s work together!

Preparing For Your Treatment

What is Ablative Laser Resurfacing?

Ablative laser skin resurfacing is one of the most effective cosmetic procedures for improving aging skin. The laser works by delivering an intense wavelength of light to the skin, removing the outer layers of aged or sun damaged skin. This treatment also stimulates the underlying skin, resulting in collagen formation and an improvement in wrinkles. As the healing process takes place, new skin forms that is smoother and tighter.

Pre-Treatment

It is important to follow all instructions as directed by your provider. You will need to get the following supplies for post treatment:

Inform your provider if you have a history of cold sores. Antiviral therapy may be desired. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (916) 936-1231.

Post-Treatment

It is important to follow your provider’s  instructions after treatment. 

During the first 24 hours post treatment:

After the first 24 hours, follow these instructions as directed by your provider.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (916) 936-1231.

FAQs

CO2 laser resurfacing is one of the first laser skin resurfacing services and utilizes one of the most powerful lasers. These ablative laser treatments work to remove scarring, wrinkles, and other deeper skin flaws.

The sensation associated with this procedure is minimal, and most patients compare it to a bug bite. This procedure can be done relatively quickly [i.e., during a lunch break], and a patient may return back to work with no downtime.

An Ablative Laser Treatment is a wounding laser that removes the thin outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heats the underlying skin (dermis), which stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers. As the epidermis heals and regrows, the treated area appears smoother and
tighter.

The procedure feels like warm pinpricks on the skin, and your face will feel very warm. The procedure is typically well-tolerated.

Patients should expect to be in the office for about 1 hour for the treatment. While the actual treatment itself only lasts for about 20 minutes, between checking in, going over treatment consents, and icing your skin post-treatment, patients will be in the office for about 1 hour.

Laser skin resurfacing can be combined with other cosmetic procedures to help reach your skin rejuvenation goals. Treatment with topical retinoids is recommended to maintain your laser skin resurfacing treatment results. Also, Botox and dermal filler treatments can be incorporated to address wrinkles and volume loss to the face.

Your provider will determine the most appropriate laser for your skin resurfacing needs. Depending on your skin type and the areas to be treated, like the face or the neck, we will choose the laser best suited to your skin.

We generally advise waiting a month in between treatments for laser treatments such as fractional resurfacing. For every different laser procedure, there are different recommended times between treatments. Ultimately, this will be determined in consultation with your provider.

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